O Pioneers!

O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather, Dons Ebooks
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O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

In the early 1900s, Alexandra Bergson, daughter of a Swedish immigrant, inherits the family farm when her father dies and she chooses to devote her life to making the farm work -- at a time when other immigrants are leaving the prairies of Nebraska. The novel also follows the romance between Alexandra and a family friend, and between Alexandra's brother and a married woman.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016673868
Publisher: Dons Ebooks
Publication date: 05/16/2013
Series: World's Best Reading , #45
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 198
File size: 130 KB

About the Author

Born in Virginia, Willa Cather (1873-1948) moved with her family to Nebraska before she was ten, which later provided the setting for her best-known novels. The books O Pioneers! and My Antonia, especially, with their focus on immigrant life on the prairie, established Cather as a major American novelist.

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1873

Date of Death:

April 27, 1947

Place of Birth:

Winchester, Virginia

Place of Death:

New York, New York


B.A., University of Nebraska, 1895

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XXO Pioneers! (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cather is a very talented writer and uses many allusions making the book interesting and charming. Her decriptions of charachters such as Alexandra Bergson is imperssive, not to mention that the whole theme of this story is humbling and teaches a lesson. READ IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautiful novel deserves much more than a five-star rating. One of the greatest American classics. Highly recommended for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a bit hesitant to read this because I have always hated 'classics' and I figured I'd have a difficult time getting into it. I was way off. I breezed right through this book and I loved it! I love reading about the hardships of the frontier life. Also this book is written really smoothly, none of the usual hard to read problem that a lot of classics have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather has written a wonderful and inventive novel about the open prarier and the hardships immagrent families had to face. I recommend this book to any one who is interested in romance, adventure, and historical novels. An all around great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for school. I am a sophmore and i am already hooked, even though i am only on chapter 5! If we werent going so slowly and filling out worksheets, i would have already finished this book. I am so excited to finish it and i highly suggest it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although O Pioneers! May induce thoughts of adventure and toils on the risky Nebraska wild lands, it has a fairly calm tone. The adventures, or should I say slow happenings over a twenty- five year span, are about as exciting as watching the grass grow, which is almost what this book is about. When you meet the main character and her family, she is fifteen, with three brothers a dying father and a mother who complains of the old country. Even though the ground never got to bumpy and the wagon only tipped over once or twice, this story wasn't that bad. I think you could have cut out a few chapters of watching the grass grow and still had that never-ending life on the farm effect. I wouldn't recommend O Pioneers! If your looking for a suspense filled thriller but if you are looking for a nice calm book about the trials of pioneering, this is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather demonstrates that she is at ease with her writing and with her idealization of pioneer life in early America. The story peeks into the heart of a true farmer, one who has an innate love for the land. With simplicity of language and an intriguing development of events, the author cradles the reader into the realm of Alexandra's passionate mission, and allows the reader to taste of the bitterness of the stubborn land as well as bask in the glory of the taming of the land. This is where 'John Steinbeck meets Laura Ingalls Wilder,' and the journey is filled with breathtaking prairies, suspenseful moments of tension, and the joy of life, itself! This is Willa Cather in her most natural voice, a voice filled with wisdom, trasparency, and the pain that develops from failure while forming the substance of character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book. Willa Cather is an excellent author and knows how to hold one's interest. Vewy interesting to read and fairly easy. Really enjoyed it.
wingsofjoy More than 1 year ago
While this book was not exciting, nor did it particularly have anything to keep me vitally interested, it was a good look at the lives of some of America's pioneers, exploring not only their lives and circumstances, but many of their feelings. It affirmed that people in that time were very much like us in desires and needs; but often their opportunities to meet those needs and desires was greatly diminished. Many good insights into a life past, and plenty to make me very grateful for the "easy" life I have.
TXYellowrose More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book.
MissBonnieNC More than 1 year ago
Such beautiful descriptive words (and that's saying something for the Nebraska prairie). As with her other books, she first paints a picture of the landscape and you don't realize that the story has also been hued into the painting.
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Beautifully written? I suppose so. Personally I like novels with more action, so this one is just good for bedtime reading. Moves so slowly it puts me to sleep.
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Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
O Pio­neers!By Willa Cather was writ­ten in 1913 and is con­sid­ered the first novel of the Great Plains tril­ogy. The novel has many themes includ­ing iso­la­tion, love and feminism. The Bergsons immi­grated from Switzer­land to Hanover, Nebraska at the turn of the 20th Cen­tury. When the patri­arch of the fam­ily dies, his daugh­ter Alexan­dra, inher­its the farm and devotes her life to mak­ing it a viable enter­prise at a time when oth­ers give up and leave. I’ve only been recently intro­duced to the writ­ing of Willa Cather. I believe it was on some “top 100” list (who said they’re lame?) and fig­ured I’ll give it a try. O Pio­neers! by Willa Cather is con­sid­ered a clas­sic and I can cer­tainly under­stand why. The writ­ing is out­stand­ing and it has all the mak­ings of the great Amer­i­can novel. The story tells of hard work, wide eyed inno­cence towards the future and oppor­tu­ni­ties abound as seen through the eyes of the immi­grant class. The scenery plays a major part in the novel, the lyri­cal episodes about the pas­toral land are sprawl­ing and majes­tic. As is with many other nov­els, the set­ting of the harsh and beau­ti­ful land is play­ing out as another char­ac­ter in the book. The Mid­west­ern prairie which the pio­neers labor over is an essen­tial part of char­ac­ter devel­op­ment and pro­found under­stand­ing of them­selves, the land and life. On the con­trary, the parts which deal with peo­ple are con­cise and spar­ring much like the per­son­al­i­ties of those that worked the acrid land. Cather man­ages to con­vey the sense of com­mu­nity despite the vast­ness of the land, a tes­ta­ment to her writ­ing skills and abil­ity to per­son­al­ize a storyline. While I loved the descrip­tions and prose, the dia­log seemed a bit stilted, it just didn’t seem as if that’s how the char­ac­ters would­speak, espe­cially when among friends and rel­a­tives. How­ever the sto­ry­line is exem­plary and the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion – amaz­ing; I found myself car­ing about the peo­ple in the story and breath­lessly wait­ing to find out what will hap­pen to them.
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